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|Slaugham and Old Park|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Slaugham|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the small pretty village of Slaugham (pronounced Slafam) in West Sussex. The route takes in the peaceful rolling countryside including an impressive old mill pond. There are great views throughout and a chance to visit the grave of the sister of Admiral Horatio Nelson. |
The walk has a number of steady climbs and descents throughout. There is about one mile of walking along a quiet country lane and you will need to negotiate three stiles (all with dog-sized gaps underneath) and some kissing gates. The paths across the open fields and meadows can be quite muddy after rain and in winter. Old Park Farm is currently deserted (correct August 2014) and so the fields are deserted meadows with no livestock or crops to negotiate. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Slaugham is located close to the A23, 7 miles south of Crawley. The walk starts and finishes from the centre of the village and there is parking available directly outside the church (St Mary’s) or on the village roads. Approximate post code RH17 6AG.
|Start to Mill Pond|
Start point: 51.0386 lat, -0.2082 long
Enter the church yard (via the ornate wooden lych gate) on the path signed as a public footpath. Take time to appreciate this magnificent church. The oldest parts of St Mary’s Church date from the 12th century with the tower added in the late 13th century. Within the churchyard is the tomb of Catherine Matcham, the sister of Admiral Horatio Nelson, as well as a table tomb dating from 1615.
|Mill Pond to Old Park Farm|
Start point: 51.0349 lat, -0.2065 long
Keep ahead for just a short distance further to reach a T-junction with a tarmac lane. Turn right along this, passing Dragonfly Cottage on the left. Immediately afterwards, fork right to leave the lane and join a signed footpath. Follow this footpath along the southern edge of the mill pond. You will pass the pond’s boathouse on the right and there are great views across the pond. Keep your eyes peeled for the pond’s resident heron.
|Old Park Farm to Slaugham Lane|
Start point: 51.03 lat, -0.212 long
Keep ahead on the path with a hedge on the right and the brick stables on the left. Beyond the stables the views to the left open up across the paddocks to the impressive lines of plane trees. If you glance behind you’ll see the beautiful old clock tower and weather vane on top of the stables. Further along the views open up ahead across the rolling hills of the Old Park estate.
|Slaugham Lane to Phipps House|
Start point: 51.0238 lat, -0.2189 long
Turn right along the pavement. The road leads you past the entrance for a water treatment works on the left and then, further along, Warninglid Primary School on the right. Note: the pavement ends here so take care of traffic on the quiet lane from this point.
|Phipps House to End|
Start point: 51.0424 lat, -0.2165 long
Turn right and follow the footpath between hedgerows. The path, part of the High Weald Landscape Trail, eventually leads you through a kissing gate into woodland. The path leads you down and across a small stream, then keep right at the T-junction (still signed as the public footpath). The path continues with fenced open fields to the left and leads you out via a gate to a T-junction with the village road in Slaugham.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Slaugham is a very nice village - glad that the walk guide suggest how to pronounce it! Whilst the walk goes through farmland and along some roads it was very peaceful and we only met two people all the way around the walk.
|By Richard on 2014-10-07 18:40:20|
Lovely walk starting from a lovely village with some wonderful views on route
|By spike290166 on 2016-07-25 16:24:04|
First use of app. Very clear instructions and a beautiful walk.
|By Tpool on 2016-09-04 15:39:59|
Nice Saturday morning walk to fill your lungs with fresh air, taking in a sleepy little village a forgotten mill pond and nice countryside views over Sussex meadows. Would like to do a walk around this area of 5+ miles
|By JohnSuxxes on 2016-11-06 12:59:42|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: JohnSuxxes |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The boat house at the mill pond in slaugham
|Image by: JohnSuxxes |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
long open meadow out of Slaugham
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